Science in Action

Science in Action

New developments in science and science news from around the world, weekly from BBC World Service.

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  • 17 Apr 14: Egg and sperm unlocking mechanism; Russian science discussion; Birds in the Gulf of Mexico; Kepler-186f Earth size planet

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    27 mins

    28 days remaining

    Protein receptor discovered that enables egg to be 'unlocked' by sperm to fertilise; Discussion about Western science cutting ties with Russia and what the fallout could be; American scientists estimate the number of birds killed in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 oils spill; New planet found, called Kepler-186f, is a similar size to Earth and could possibly be habitable

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  • 10 Apr 14: Japanese Whaling Ban; RoboClam; Africa Engineering Prize; Brain Research Centre

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    27 mins

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    Japanese whaling ban in the Antarctic – has any scientific data come from the expeditions?; A robotic anchor, inspired by a razor clam that burrows deep, using little energy; The first Africa Engineering Prize is open for entries from budding engineers and inventors; The world's first computational psychiatry centre opens in London

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  • 03 Apr 14: Chile Earthquake; US Mudslide; Environmental Satellite; IPCC Report; Freedom

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

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    Cause of the Chilean earthquake and US mudslide; Why a new environmental monitoring satellite is needed; Adapting to climate change; The meaning of freedom in science

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  • 27 Mar 14: Synthetic chromosome, Sense of smell, Quantum cryptography

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    18 mins

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    Scientists have synthesised the first designer chromosome in yeast. A new complexity to our sense of smell. And quantum cryptography - sending secret messages on photons

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